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Gardiner Haskins is the trading style of Gardiner Sons & Co Ltd, a privately owned independent company registered in Bristol in 1893. The company’s history stretches back even further to 1825 when the company was believed to have been first founded as a small blacksmith and ironmongery business in Bristol.

Gardiner Sons & Co Ltd

Gardiner Haskins Homecentre is the trading name of Gardiner Sons & Co Ltd.

Gardiner Sons & Co Ltd was registered in 1893, having then been trading for almost 70 years. Founded in in the 1820s the company started life as a blacksmith and Ironmonger, making metal items for the Bristol public. By the time it was registered, it had several large factories producing all types of products from door handles to large iron gates for stately homes. In Victorian times Gardiners also made ranges, the cast iron equivalent to the modern Kitchen Range Cookers the company still sells today. An example of one of these can be seen in the Blaise Castle Museum in Bristol, which Gardiners obtained during the 1980s for the Museum’s collection.

Range Cooker Blaise MuseumOne of Gardiner’s famous Victorian customers was Isambard Kingdom Brunel,who went to Gardiners for his drawing equipment and had the company make scale dividers to his own design. Engraved with ‘Gardiners Bristol’, this equipment now is held by the Brunel Institute, adjacent to the SS Great Britain in Bristol.

Old Wembley Picture

During the first quarter of the Twentieth Century, Gardiners was also involved in the manufacture of large metal structures, which included a feature for the entrance to the Festival of Britain and the steel structure inside the famous ‘Twin Towers’ of the old Wembley (Empire) Stadium built in 1923 and demolished in 2003 to make way for redevelopment.

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Giving service to Bristol customers since 1825

1825

Business started by Zacharia Cartwright

1860

Nephew, Emmanuel Chillcott and Alfred Gardiner take over under and expand Gardiner name.

1870-1900

Showrooms and offices open in Nelson Street, All Staints Street and Duck Lane

1893

Gardiner Sons and Co becomes a Limited company

1897

The Midland Ironworks in St Philips opens

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

One famous customer in the nineteenth century who purchased brass drawing instruments whilst working on the Great Western Railway and SS Great Britain

1930

Purchased Queens Hotel on Whiteladies Road as additional showrooms

World War II

Turned over production in Midland Road Ironworks to the war efforts

1958

Moved to current premises, Grade II listed Victorian factory building

1971

JH Haskins furniture and carpets was introduced and with a fast growing retail store it was re-named Gardiner Haskins

1979

Cirencester store opens

1997

Brunel Garden Centre Opens

2015

Store celebrates it’s 190th anniversary